Abner the goat helps ring in holiday cheer

Abner (WGME)

PORTSMOUTH, N.H. (WGME) -- A little bit of a twist to a holiday tradition in Portsmouth where a Salvation Army bell ringer has some help from his pet goat.

Abner the goat is helping spread the holiday cheer with his owner Bill Higgins.

Higgins says he has two other goats, but Abner is the most social.

He says it was his roommate's idea to ask the Salvation Army if he could bring along Abner to help drum up donations.

"Everybody just loves to see a goat, or any animal, the guy was just telling me somebody in Stratham had a dog ringing the bell and people were coming over, animals, it’s just a natural thing, make people smile,” Higgins said.

Higgins says he volunteers for the Salvation Army because they helped him out decades ago.

He says he has been ringing bells for 15 years.

Higgins also brings his furry friend to parades and hospitals to cheer patients up.